I’ve spent years giving out about Maurice and his allergy to coming home at a reasonable hour. I’m a firm believer in a good night’s sleep and in the dictum that one should go to bed the same day one gets up.

Anyway, I broke all my own rules during the week, and I blame Maurice for it – or at least the absence of Maurice. One of the major downsides to living alone is cooking, you never really cook a proper meal for yourself, at least I don’t. I was in Manus’s shop poking around and looking for something fast and tasty to cook when he came up to me.